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FIN Exclusive: 2016 Lincoln MkX Spy Shots

Jul 24, 2014 - 6:45 AM - by ausrutherford
We Finally Get a Glimpse of the Next Gen Mid-Size CUV
Ford Inside News
July 24, 2014
By: Austin Rutherford


After just a couple of weeks following the debut of the all-new Ford Edge, FIN has acquired spy shots of its sister vehicle, the 2016 Lincoln MkX. The next generation mid-size luxury crossover will be very important to the resurgent Lincoln brand as the MkX will be their third product for the important Chinese market.

Previewed with a concept shown at the Beijing Auto Show in April, our spy shots show a highly camouflaged vehicle testing in Dearborn, Michigan earlier this year. Though most of the soft points have been hidden, we can tell that the 2016 production model will hold true to the concept's design language, as expected.

The bow-wave split wing grill that debuted on the Lincoln MKZ is retained, as is the slight kick up in the window line just before the C-pillar like the recently launched MkC. The production version appears to retain the pillared side mirrors of the concept as well.

The production version, however, appears to be shorter than the concept indicating it might not ride on a lengthened version of the Edge platform as did the concept.... [Read More]
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First Drive: 2015 Ford Super Duty and Expedition

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:50 AM - by ausrutherford
Engine Improvements Make These Updates Worthwhile
Ford Inside News
July 21, 2014
By: Austin Rutherford


“Almost Heaven, West Virginia” was where FIN was invited to drive the new 2015 F-Series Super Duty and Ford Expedition. The scenery and serenity beautifully mixed with the beast-like nature of the vehicles tested. Also, with steep grade hill climbs and switchback narrow country roads, it turned out to be the perfect place to test the capabilities of the refreshed truck and SUV.


Super Duty

Although it does not appear to have changed at all for the 2015 model year, the most important part of the F-Series Super Duty has: the volume selling Scorpion 6.7-liter Diesel V-8 Powerstroke engine. The engine is now rated at a mind-blowing 440 horsepower and 860 foot-pounds of torque. We had the privilege to both drive and be driven in the Super Duty in different weight classes and different tow weight hauls.

One of the key improvements to the engine was the replacement of the turbocharger from the GT32 to the GT37... [Read More]
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Ford June 2014 Sales Fall 5.8 Percent on Back of Falling F-150 Inventories

Jul 01, 2014 - 7:01 AM - by ausrutherford
Ford Transit Starts Sales
Ford Inside News
July 1, 2014
By: Austin Rutherford


Even on the back of June records for both the Fusion and Transit Connect, Ford sales fell 5.8 percent in June mostly due to the 11.0 percent drop from F-Series. This was to be expected with the F-150 switchover taking as much as 70,000 units off storeroom floors in the next few months.

The Focus saw a rebound month as sales climbed 13.1 percent. The Expedition is faring well ahead of the facelift's launch with a 43. 9 percent climb.

The biggest drop off was seen by the Fiesta, whose sales fell 31.1 percent.

In product news, the all-new Ford Transit launched with a total of 490 units sold. Last month's debut, the Lincoln MkC, saw 684 units as the rollout continues its slower path.

Sales chart
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Ford Reveals Goodwood Bound Updated Focus ST

Jun 26, 2014 - 3:35 PM - by ausrutherford
FORD REVEALS NEW FOCUS ST AT GOODWOOD; DEMONSTRATES MODEL'S ENHANCED DRIVING DYNAMICS ON FAMOUS HILL CLIMB
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  • New 2015 Ford Focus ST makes global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the perfect venue to demonstrate the significantly enhanced driving dynamics of the new model
  • Updated tuning provides increased handling refinement and improved steering feel to help deliver a driving experience that is more responsive and balanced
  • Beautifully crafted cockpit-like interior features ergonomic controls, Recaro seats and sports steering wheel
  • The 2015 Ford Focus ST makes its global debut today at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the ideal venue for showcasing the enhanced driving dynamics of Ford’s global performance version of the new Focus.


“Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product... [Read More]
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Ford Debuts Second Generation Edge with More Tech and Global Presence

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:36 PM - by ausrutherford
Edge will debut in Europe next year
Ford Inside News
June 24, 2014
By: Austin Rutherford


"Bold Moves"? The "I like to live on the Edge" campaign? Remember those tag lines? Ford used those lines to win over the two row midsize market back in 2007 when the first generation Edge debuted. Eight years after our eyes peered onto that brand-changing vehicle, Ford has debuted the second generation Edge today. The goal of the first Edge was to take over the streets of the North America. The goal this time? The World.

Back in November, the Edge Concept was shown in Los Angles and in Barcelona to show the future styling and possible features of the 2015 model. If you take a look at the vehicle, not much has changed from the concept.

Exterior

The exterior styling mimics that of the concept at basically every point. The grill keeps the North American friendly bigger bar design. The headlights look to be there same shape as the concept, although with different light fixtures. Even the running lights made it into production.

The side profile keeps the uplift in the rear window. Compared with the the current model, the side panels look fresher with a sporty style line near the bottom of the doors.

The rear keeps the... [Read More]
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